FOLKMUSIKENS QUEEN B
A parade of broken hearts, a tribute to motherhood, a fanfare to the homesick.
Imagine being on a Beyoncé concert, but instead of modern music and a crowded stage show, it's based on swedish traditional music and folklore expressions.
Beyoncé is vocal virtuosity, dance power and popcultural activism. Swedish folksinger Brita Björs is inventing her own folklore diva by interpreting Beyoncé from a folkloric point of view: traditional folksongs in electropop arrangements based on the themes from Bey's album Lemonade, exploring how to do sexy perfomative folk dance, creating divalike stage clothes inspired from national costumes, and all this enhanced by engrossing video projections, stage light and scenogrophy.
During the rehursals of FMQB Brita found herself being pregnant with her second child – at the same time as Beyoncé was expecting twins! In August 2017 at the opening night Brita was eight months pregnant, dancing off and singing her heart out sporting a gigantic baby bump.
”Experience her if you have the opportunity. The farmer girl from Hälsingland has reshaped a pop queen on her own terms in a compact version of Beyonce's album 'Lemonade'. Love, infidelity, motherhood and roots. Bright red leggings and pompoms decorating the behind. Choreography, scenography, film and thoght: all of it so good. Sore, thoughtful, fun.”
– Newspaper Smålandsposten, June 2018
"Thank you Brita Björs for a great show! Still feeling all fulfilled, touched and overwhelmed, with fireworks of thoughts and impressions inside. It was powerful experiencing your show and I'm deeply impressed by you and what you create Queen Brita."
– Concert organizer Hälsingland Wooden Theater, August 2018
Produced by Brita Björs together with Shake it Collaborations
Brita Björs – on stage, artistic leader, music
Tove Sahlin/Shake it Collaborations – director, choreographer
Ida Björs – costume design, props
Josefin Hinders – light, set design
Max Tellving – film, photo, trailer
Alex Pacheco – video projections
Lotta Wenglén – mixing consultant
Folkmusikens Queen B was made with funds from Region Skåne, Malmö City, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.